Zyxware Technologies just released open source software that allows to track epidemics, for example malaria.
Excerpts from their blog entry:
The GIS interface uses Google maps to present the data on a real time
basis on a map of the state. Cases of diseases are represented by
markers on the map and easy visual analysis of the pattern and extent
of spread of diseases is possible. The GIS and reporting interface
processes the cases registered and presents reports that can be used by
the Health Department to monitor the situation on a real time basis and
take precautionary measures if required.
And their online demo.
This is a link to an example from the New York Times that tries to tell a spatial story. You can hover over the neighborhoods to see what stories relate there. In addition, and that’s even more interesting, you can hover over the squares at the bottom, for example “neighborhood makeup”.
Mapping the DuBois Philadelphia Negro is a recent project housed at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and aimed at recreating the survey W.E.B. Du Bois conducted in 1896 that served as the basis for his 1899 classic, The Philadelphia Negro. Data will be mapped and analyzed using GIS and spatial statistical methods and used as the basis to addressing the following questions:
- How did DuBoisâ€™s research methods reflect and influence developments in the social sciences and social survey movement?
- What was the basis for his class grades?
- What was the nature of residential segregation in 1896 by race, ethnicity, and migration status?
- What happened to the Black residents and Black institutions of the 7th Ward during the 20th Century?
- How did housing conditions in Philadelphia compare with housing conditions in New York and other cities?
W.E.B. DuBois 1996: The Philadelphia Negro. A Social Study. With an introduction by Elijah Anderson (U Penn Press)
W.E.B. DuBois: 1899: The Philadelphia Negro. A Social Study (Google Books)
See also: Philadelphia Ward Map and the Philadelphia 7th Ward (pdf)